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Delhi’s air pollution is now so bad it is literally off the chart

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Dust from a storm covers the horizon on the outskirts of New Delhi, 9 June 2018. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP

Dust storms come months before the start of city’s traditional ‘pollution season’

June 15, 2018 — Smog more toxic than can be measured by monitoring devices has blanketed the Indian capital this week, months before the start of Delhi’s traditional “pollution season”. Continue reading Delhi’s air pollution is now so bad it is literally off the chart

Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

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MASKED MEN. This file photo taken on December 3, 2017 shows Sri Lanka cricket players wearing masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution during the second day of the third Test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks reignites debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi

NEW DELHI, India (Dec. 5, 2017) — Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog. Continue reading Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

Merkel under pressure to tackle toxic smog as German election nears

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A German protester wears a mask reading ‘Diesel-Abgase toeten’ (Diesel emission kills) in Berlin.
Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Chancellor doubles funds set aside to improve air quality to avert court-enforced diesel ban and backlash from motorists

September 5, 2017 — With less than three weeks until the German elections, pressure is mounting on Angela Merkel to tackle the deadly smog in a large number of cities or face a court-enforced Continue reading Merkel under pressure to tackle toxic smog as German election nears

Beijing creates anti-smog police to tackle air polluters

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China declared a ‘war on pollution’ in 2014, but has struggled to deliver the sweeping change many had hoped to see Photograph: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Force will patrol streets looking for rules violations including open-air barbecues, rubbish burning and dusty roads

January 9, 2017 — Beijing will create an environmental police force aimed at tackling deadly smog, after the Chinese capital spent the first week of 2017 mostly shrouded in a thick haze of pollution.  Continue reading Beijing creates anti-smog police to tackle air polluters

Indian government declares Delhi air pollution an emergency

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Young Indian runners take part in the New Delhi 10k Challenge amid heavy smog on Sunday. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Capital’s schools closed for three days and building work halted as harmful pollutants reach level more than 16 times safe limit

November 6, 2016 — The Indian government has declared severe levels of toxic air pollution in Delhi an “emergency situation” as administrators announce a plan to temporarily shut construction Continue reading Indian government declares Delhi air pollution an emergency

Chinese smog has silver lining for mask makers

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HEALTH HAZARD. Students wearing face masks walk across the street in Shandong, China, amid heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. File photo by AFP
The business climate improves for manufacturers of face masks, air purifiers, and pollution monitors

DONGLIU, China (Mar. 7, 2016) — The steel plants and cement factories scattered across China’s Shandong province have made it one of the most contaminated areas of the world’s biggest polluter. But for one company, that just makes the business climate better.

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New data suggests coal use in China may have peaked

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Coal use may have peaked in China, say some analysts, but predictions on China’s future energy mix remain difficult as much of renewables capacity is wasted (Image by baike)
China’s coal emissions fell again last year, but analysts remain divided on whether demand for fuel has already peaked, writes Feng Hao

March 4, 2016 — A fall in China’s coal consumption for two years in a row has raised hopes that the country has already experienced a peak in demand for coal, the major cause of smog and climate change.

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China confirms 2015 emissions fall as solar, wind break records

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Beijing’s air pollution has prompted action to reduce emissions by the Chinese government (Pic: J Aaron Farr/Flickr)
Carbon pollution declines for second year on falling coal consumption, says statistics agency

March 3, 2016 —China’s CO2 emissions and coal consumption fell for a second year in 2015, the National Bureau of Statistics confirmed on Monday.

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How Earth Changed In 2015

From raging forest fires to dwindling snowmelt to the extraordinary birth of new ocean islands

January 13, 2016 — Sometimes the best way to witness planetary happenings — and to gain perspective on them — is from high above. Below are satellite images and aerial photos from the NASA Earth Observatory that capture some of the more dramatic changes that shaped the earth over the past year.

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India’s smog-shrouded capital pulls cars off roads

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COVERED IN SMOG. An aerial view of the Connaught Place area of New Delhi, India, as it is surrounded by smog on December 8, 2015. Photo by Harish Tyagi/EPA
‘Don’t do it because the government is forcing you. Do it because you feel it is important for your life, your health,’ says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI, India (Jan. 1, 2015) — More than a million private cars were banned from New Delhi’s roads on Friday, January 1, as authorities began trialing drastic new measures to cut smog in the world’s most polluted capital.

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